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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 5,145

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

The House's Contempt Powers Explained:

This is from The National Constitution Center. I guess they know as much as anyone:


We Have All the Time in the World - Louis Armstrong

"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time".

Going to the new James Bond movie

in a couple of hours. A 2:00pm matinee, so shouldn't be crowded and I figure reasonably safe.
I haven't missed a first run Bond movie in many decades. Daniel Craig surprised me by bringing a whole new dimension to the character. He's been fab!
I'm looking forward to it.

Alex Murdaugh taken into custody!

Headline on CNN.. Apparently for stealing the settlement money from the housekeeper's death. That's all I know.


He's being held in Orlando where he was in rehab. Probably no bail bond until he is extradited to SC, which could take weeks.

Lawyer says Murdaugh is Person of Interest in his family's slaying

A lawyer for Alex Murdaugh has admitted that Murdaugh has been a 'person of interest' to South Carolina authorities all along, since the murders of his wife and son in July:


Mad About The Boy - Carmen McRae

Supposedly Noel Coward wrote this about Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who wrote a great autobiography: My Salad Days.
Nice job by the overlooked Carmen McRae.

Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel

Yanks - starring Richard Gere (1979)

John Schlesinger's masterpiece about the American army that invaded England beginning in 1942. Criminally overlooked at the box office. Available for purchase on a wide variety of streaming platforms.

Elenore - The Turtles

The Rolling Stones, from a way back when perspective.

You know I lived through the era of British Invasion Rock and Roll. Back then they were one of a number of popular bands. The Beatles, in the early days, you could recognize had their roots in very traditional dance beats. The Rolling Stones loved the American Blues sound. They both worshipped Elvis.
There were some other traditions going on. Dylan came out of folk music and then added a lot. The same with Simon and Garfunkel. The intricate four part harmonies of the Beach Boys owed a lot to the Four Freshman. There were two folk rock duos: Chad and Jeremy and Peter and Gordon. But I enjoyed them all.
I do confess the popularity of the Rolling Stones puzzles me a bit. They are the only rock band from the 60s that can still fill stadiums. I guess it's a tribute to their endurance. In the 70s they were very popular but no more so than several other rock groups. By the 80s tours they had taken on legendary status. They to my mind were entertaining, but no more than several of the British Invasion and American rock groups that I loved.
I looked up the price of tickets for their tour. 100 bucks for nose bleed seats and over 6000 for on the floor seats at the stadium in Detroit. OMG, been there, done that. The playlist was from long ago.
I'll just continue to see occasionally the music that I love, when the old great bands show up. Rarer and rarer now: "They have not tasted the true sweetness of life, those who did not live through 60s rock and roll."
I think the Duc de Talleyrand said that, sort of.

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